|dc.contributor.author||Báez, Amado Alejandro||
|dc.identifier.citation||Baez AA, McIntyre K. Latin America intensive care unit disaster preparedness: eesults from a web-based attitudes and perceptions survey. Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci. [En línea]. 2019 [consultado día mes año] ; 9:177-81. Disponible en:||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||Disasters burden on hospital emergency intensive care units (ICUs). This
burden is increased in Latin America (LATAM) where hospital resources, intrahospital
disaster simulations, and perceived level of preparedness vary greatly among different
communities. The objective of the study was to assess LATAM ICU leaders’ knowledge
and attitudes regarding disaster preparedness.
Methods: We developed a ten‑item, web‑based knowledge and attitude survey
administered via LATAM ICU leaders online forums. Descriptive statistics were used. Epi
Info™ software was used for analysis. Chi‑square and Fisher’s exact test with P < 0.05
were implemented for statistical significance, and odds ratio was used to measure the
strength of association among variables.
Results: There were 68 respondents in the survey. 13/68 respondents felt prepared for
disasters. 16/68 worked at hospitals with 250+ beds and 52/68 represented hospitals
with <250 beds. 23/68 participated in hospital committees for disaster, 24/68 participated
in simulations or drills, and 22/68 participated in trainings or courses for disasters.
Feeling prepared for disasters did not correlate with hospital size (odds ratio [OR] =
2.87 [95% confidence interval (CI): 0.83–9.92], P = 0.91), participation in hospital
committees for disaster (OR = 3.10 [95% CI: 1.02–9.26], P = 0.08), and participation
in simulations or drills (OR = 2.78 [95% CI: 0.93–8.29], P = 0.11), but participation
in disaster trainings and courses appeared to directly correlate with the perception of
being prepared (OR = 3.43 [95% CI: 1.13–10.41], P = 0.03).
Conclusion: Among the 68 centers represented, the majority did not feel their institution
to be adequately prepared for disasters, but training appeared to change that perception.
A small sample size represents the major limitation of this study.||en_US
|dc.publisher||International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science | Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow||en_US
|dc.rights||Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States||*
|dc.subject||Capacidad de Reacción||en_US
|dc.subject||Rescate, Asistencia y Protección en Desastres||en_US
|dc.subject||Medicina de Desastres||en_US
|dc.title||Latin America intensive care unit disaster preparedness: results from a web‑based attitudes and perceptions survey||en_US